18 May

How to enable EndNote X4 in Word 2011

  1. Download and install the EndNote X4.0.2 Update.
  2. Make sure Microsoft Word and EndNote are closed.
  3. Go to your main hard drive and browse to the following folder:
    /Applications/EndNote X4/Cite While You Write.
  4. Right click (or hold Ctrl and click) on the “EndNote CWYW Word 2011.bundle” file, then click the Copy option.
  5. Go to the folder /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Office/Startup/Word.
  6. In the top menu click Edit, then Paste.
  7. Open Microsoft Word.
  8. In the top left of the screen click the Word menu, then click Preferences.
  9. Click File Locations.
  10. If the Startup folder has a blank value next to it, then click on the word “Startup” so it becomes highlighted.
  11. Click Modify.
  12. Browse to this folder:
    /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Office/Startup/Word
  13. Click the Choose button.
  14. Click OK.
  15. In the top left of the screen, click the Word menu, then click Quit Word.
  16. Open EndNote and then Word.

121 Responses to How to enable EndNote X4 in Word 2011

  1. thanks so much for this tip! it works perfectly! a lifesaver.

  2. Perfect!! I panicked a bit when I installed x4 and 2011 and couldn’t get them to talk to each other.

  3. This worked like a charm, thank you so much! Endnote should have this fix on their website! i almost went and purchased Endnote X5! Thank you thank you thank you!

  4. Thanks bro, great tip!!

  5. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! This works for Word 2011 and Endnote X5. I nearly went crazy trying to get it to work and the Endnote website has no info on how to get it done.

  6. Thank you so much! This fixed the problem immediately! What great directions!! I am so grateful for your help!! I agree with everyone who says that Endnote really needs to post this on their website. Thank you. Now I can do my homework 🙂

  7. Very good, thanks a lot. It saved me.

  8. What if I don’t have the folder “Start up” in the “Office folder”?

  9. Start up folder found!! And it workks now! Thanks! 😉

  10. Thank you very much, works perfect!

  11. I´ll finish my doctoral thesis thanks to you

  12. THANK YOU! Had been going crazy trying to get this to work, such a lifesaver:):)

  13. Great forum! thank you for this troubleshooting 🙂

  14. Thanks so much…. After 2 times reinstalling endnote this finally helped me !!!!

  15. I was about to become crazy!

  16. Wow. Thanks!

  17. This is a great tip, i used it for Endnote X5 and Word 2011. Thanks!

  18. Thanks so much – SO HELPFUL!

  19. Thanx man your tip is very helpful

  20. That’s very kind of you. Your instructions are very clear and simple to follow. I have tried several times in the past and could not sort it out. Now all is well, it is working perfectly. I can now prepare my references peacefully. I also agree with the other participants that Endnote should see to it that their website has sufficient information for people who experience such troubles. You have been of great help.

  21. As with all the other commenters, I thank you very much

  22. Perfect. Thank you

  23. I tried this, but I get a message: could not fire event

    I have Mac OS 10.7.4

    • I had this problem too. Solution:
      Make sure “Visual Basic” was installed when you installed word.
      If you have it, you should be able to open word and go: Tools>Macro>Visual Basic Editor and open the Visual Basic Editor without an error message.
      If you don’t have it installed, you need it for endnote to work, so open your install package of microsoft office and do a customized install of only visual basic while all microsoft office applications are closed.

      After this, it works for me!

  24. Thank you so much! Very clear instructions and worked perfectly. So happy to see that little Endnote toolbar show up in Word for Mac 2011. Cranky that this information isn’t available through Endnote X4 help or on the Endnote support website. A thousand thanks!

  25. Thank you so much! i thought i was never gonna be able to use endnote! very helpful instructions

  26. Gracias, thanks

  27. This was really very helpful. Thank you so much!!!!

  28. Thanks a lot!

  29. This was a fantastic help. I was going round in circles trying to make this work. thanks a million

  30. Thanks. Very easy

  31. Thank you — this was a life-saver!

  32. This was the ONLY helpful advice on how to get EndNote and Mac Word 2011 to talk… and I had EndNote x5 and it still works! Thank you!

  33. thank you very much! worked for endnote x4 and word for mac 2011 (osx 10.6.8). thanks!!!

  34. Thank you thank you thank you!!!! Lifesaver!

  35. Thank you so much!! That was what I really needed!! 😉
    God bless you!

  36. Thank you!

  37. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Thank you very very much. This worked just fine. You saved my work!!!

  39. Thanks! wonderfully explicit instructions.

  40. Thanks for your help, it seems that this is one of the few pages out there that helps specifically with that bundle – I’ve been looking for the download for a while. Cheers!

  41. Thank you! Absolute lifesaver!!!

  42. Thank you very much! This was extremely helpful! 🙂

  43. Lifesaver!
    Worked without a problem or delay.
    Thanks for making my morning easier than it might have been.

  44. thx so much,love you

  45. Stressed Student December 12, 2012 at 09:58

    Thanks so much! Like everyone I was going crazy, was ready to find another referencing system. Soo simple, you should write the instruction manuals (=

  46. Very clear instructions. Worked brilliantly. Thank you very much.

  47. Many thanks! Worked straight away.

  48. Thanks! It worked on Endnote X5 too!

  49. Cheers mate, that was so helpful

  50. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this!! So helpful!!

  51. This works! Thanks!!!

  52. Thank you very much!!
    If somobody has the word in Spanish: Startup = Inicio

  53. Lifesaver… thanks 1,000x
    even a computer illiterate like me was able to do it 🙂

  54. Many thanks

  55. Great¡¡ thanks

  56. I did everything step by step, but although endnote is kind of connected to word now, I still don’t see the endnote toolbar show up.. Have Word 2011 and EndNote X5 which was supposed to work according to your comments.. I noticed that the Endnote bundle in the startup folder was greyish, when I chose the Word folder. Might this be the problem?

    Best wishes,

  57. Thanks so much, it works for EndNote X6 too!

  58. Thank you so much for the clear and complete instructions! 😀 It worked perfectly!

  59. Truely amazing…very few website give you info like this…Thanks a million

  60. Many many many thanks!!! You saved me!!

  61. Great help. I love it! Helped me out!

  62. Hey, thanks a lot but….. it did not really work with me…… when i enter the Tool menu in Word to enter a reference, instead of finding EndNote 4 (and then from there entering the reference), what i find is EndNote 6 and because i have EndNote 4 the whole thing gives em an error…. any idea how ot fix this?
    Thanks a lot

  63. Thank you very much! My life saver!

  64. AWESOME! thanks

  65. Thank you!!!

  66. Fantastic instructions! Thank you very much!!!

  67. Superb! worked perfect in my hands!

  68. Thank you. A huge relief.

  69. Yep- after a year of not being able to use Endnote with Word, I now can!

  70. Thanks a lot.
    It was one of those rare nice and detailed step by step directions that leads to success

  71. You are absolutely amazing. Thank you!

  72. Brilliant, thanks a million!

  73. This was great!!! amazing, in fact!
    Thank you!!

  74. thank you soooo very much, it also works on endnote x6… office 2011

  75. Thanks mate! It really works on Endnote x6 and Office 2011.

    I actually had an old version of the Cite While You Write bundle in the Word startup folder, which somehow prevented them from working with each other, even after following your instructions. I deleted the old version and voilà! Worked like a charm!


  76. Thank you thank you — a precious two hours of my study day wasted installing all this stuff and I was afraid I’d fall at the last hurdle — getting Word and Endnote to actually talk to each other. You’re a genius.

  77. Your my lifesaver!!!!!!

  78. Thanx!!!

  79. Thanks for taking the time to write this – of course it works for me!

  80. Thank you!

  81. Thanks!!!

  82. I could not have done it without this link. Thank you so much.

    • This index is really hulefpl. Thanks for your effort. I have a question for you, though. What’s the difference between Zoltero and EndNote? Which one is more beneficial for people who need to write and publish their paper?

  83. Thank you so much, it works perfectly!

  84. thank you so much!

  85. That helps a lot! Now I can run Endnote in Word 11. Thanks a lot

  86. thank you so much for your immense help

  87. Thank you So much!
    Be armed with Harmony

  88. very feasible tips, thanks a lot!

  89. thank you!

  90. and it works for X7…thankyou SO much!!!!!

  91. Thank you! So helpful!

  92. I read at least 3 other posts on how to fix this and this one was the only one that actually helped! Thanks!

  93. LIFESAVER!!!!!!

  94. It worked! Thank you for the very detailed instructions

  95. Thank you so much it was exceptionally well explained and efficient!

  96. Thank you! You saved my day.

  97. Thanks soooo much, it could work also for X7 on word 2011 on a old 10.7 OSX!!!

  98. Brilliant! Its really help!

  99. Carl

    Bill Gates has nothing on you. You are awesome!


  100. Thank you ! You saved me!!!

  101. Outstanding – thanks

  102. Neat instruction. Worked like a charm. Thank you!

  103. Yesss! Worked first time round!

  104. Thanks a lot! very helpful~

  105. Hey thanks heaps for taking the time – there is no way I would have worked that out on my own!

  106. Christy McGillivray April 22, 2014 at 03:18

    thank you so much! this worked like a charm with my quirky weird mac! thank you so so so so so so so much!!

  107. What if applications/Microsoft office/office does not have a set up folder?
    Saw someone earlier had this problem but later found it?

  108. Works just as well with Endnote X7. One of the all time great fixes.

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